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Emily Hampshire apologises for 'insensitive' Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Halloween costume

Rhianna Benson

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Emily Hampshire apologises for 'insensitive' Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Halloween costume

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@emilyhampshire

Surely celebrities must know by now that Halloween is NOT the time for controversial costumes...

Well, apparently not.

And this weekend saw one Schitt's Creek star rightfully plunged into hot water after deciding to dress up as Johnny Depp for the annual festivities.

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This was no Captain Jack Sparrow or Edward Scissorhands costume, however.

No - instead, actor Emily Hampshire attended a Halloween party alongside her friend, who had dressed up as his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The 42-year-old CBC comedy star - best known for playing Stevie Budd in the widely-adored series - drew on a moustache and copied Johnny's signature tattoos.

Emily Hampshire has been met with severe backlash for her costume. Credit: Instagram/@emilyhampshire
Emily Hampshire has been met with severe backlash for her costume. Credit: Instagram/@emilyhampshire
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She also dressed in a pinstripe suit, mimicking Depp's courtroom get-up, posed with a wine bottle in hand and carried a prop turd in her pocket, all referencing key aspects of the defamation trial.

Her friend meanwhile, dressed as Aquaman star Heard, pictured crying in each of the several snaps that Hampshire uploaded to Instagram.

Despite the images - captioned: "Happy Halloween [pumpkin emojis]" - later being removed from her account, many disgruntled fans had already screenshotted her questionable outfit choice.

The actor is best known for playing Stevie Budd in Schitt's Creek. Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
The actor is best known for playing Stevie Budd in Schitt's Creek. Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
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"It really is a special kind of depraved to keep the costumes going a full year and a half later. @emilyhampshire clearly felt the need to rise to the task," one person wrote.

Another added: "This is so beyond disappointing to see from @emilyhampshire. words can't articulate how let down and disgusted I feel."

Hampshire later apologised for her Halloween costume in a lengthy statement she posted to Instagram, claiming she regrets making light of the domestic abuse case.

Johnny Depp went head-to-head with ex Amber Heard in court last year. Credit: Law and Crime Network
Johnny Depp went head-to-head with ex Amber Heard in court last year. Credit: Law and Crime Network
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"I want to address what is one of the most thoughtless, insensitive, and ignorant things I've ever done" she wrote.

"For Halloween, I stupidly thought it would be funny to dress as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. I am deeply sorry and ashamed for putting something that awful out in the universe."

The American TV star continued: "Domestic abuse is never, ever funny."

Hampshire later apologised for her costume. Credit: Instagram/@emilyhampshire
Hampshire later apologised for her costume. Credit: Instagram/@emilyhampshire
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"These are real issues with real people and I REALLY regret my actions.

"In the future I will do better. I'm sorry."

If you are experiencing domestic violence, please know that you are not alone. You can talk in confidence 24 hours a day to the national domestic violence helpline Refuge on 0808 2000 247.

Topics: Celebrity, Johnny Depp, TV And Film, Halloween

Rhianna Benson
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